LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) – As the Hispanic population has grown tremendously in the United States in recent years, so has the group’s voting power – making them a valuable asset.

In a recent Gallup Daily tracking survey, all Hispanic age groups said they were more than twice as likely to identify with or lean toward the Democratic party rather than the Republican Party.

Data collectors interviewed 7,901 Hispanics in English or Spanish between Jan. 3 and June 27, 2013.

Compared with older Hispanics, younger ones are slightly more likely to be independent, or to identify with the Republican Party.  While 50 percent of Hispanics ages 18 to 29 identify with the Democratic Party, only 24 percent identify with the Republican Party.  Twenty-one percent in that age group are Independents.

The findings above are strikingly similar across the 30 to 49, 50 to 64 and 65 plus age groups.

The Hispanic population across the country is expected to continue increasing over the next few years. Census data from 2012 shows that 27.3 percent of the Nevada state population is Hispanic or Latino.  In the 2000 Census data, the Hispanic or Latino population for the state was 19.7 percent.

Also, Hispanics who were surveyed were found to be “highly supportive” of President Barack Obama.  Within the 18 to 29 age group, 72 percent of Hispanics approved of the president’s job so far.  The lowest approval rating between the age groups surveyed were the 65 and older crowd, with 62 percent.


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